Isle of Dogs scouts gather supplies for typhoon victims

Ben Morante, who has family in the Philippines, with donations

Ben Morante, who has family in the Philippines, with donations - Credit: Archant

Scouts on the Isle of Dogs coordinated a community effort to raise money and supplies for the victims of the Phillipines typhoon.

When it was discovered that one scout, 11-year-old Ben Morante, has family in the Philippines, members of the 2nd East London Scouts started organising help.

They took over Island House Community Centre on Roserton Street for an evening, collecting and sorting donations of food, clothing and other supplies.

The generosity of businesses and residents allowed the scouts to collect 12 boxes of supplies and raise over £1200 to send to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Some of them were in charge of updating a Twitter feed throughout the evening with comments and thanks to those that donated.

They were also able to learn about the culture of the people they were helping by sampling traditional Filipino food and learning a traditional dance.

A Filipino radio station, Pinoy Radio UK, attended the event to interview those who organised the event and allowed the scouts to sing on air.

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Ben said: “It’s really good that scouts can all help out in this way by raising money and sending supplies to all the people who need it most. I know that my family will be very grateful.”